From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Civil Society Indicts Sierra Leone Government for Neglecting Youths
By Aruna Turay
Sep 22, 2010, 17:18

The Head of Programmes at the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Marcella Macaulay has further indicted the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party for neglecting the issues of youths in the country throughout their three years of governance.


She made this indictment during her submission against the government on Friday, 17th September 2010 during the popular radio news and current affairs programme, ‘Tea Break’ aired over the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) radio. She was apparently reacting to massive publicity and propaganda stunts by the government with regards its achievements since it came to power in September 2007.


According to her, no visible progress was made in ensuring that young people become meaningful in the society.


“One thing about democracy is that it should benefit the people living within its borders in the immediate short term but on the contrary, all the bogus progresses the APC is boasting of having put in place for the youths are nothing to write home about,” she blasted.


She referred to the enactment of the Youth Policy and the establishment of the Youth Commission as “stalled projects” that the nation is yet to see in full gear.


“Youth unemployment is now a cliché in Sierra Leone so if government is not serious about the concerns of youths then they are definitely not serious about the future of Sierra Leone,” she posited, adding that until there is a government that can put forward a robust youth program in this country “we are all missing the point.”


Madam Macaulay was very authoritative in her castigation of the APC for not doing much as a way of improving the lives of young people in the country.


“I keenly listened to President Koroma’s three years in governance speech broadcast on the SLBC as he mentioned issues relating to the youths, but little or nothing was said about how those issues are to be addressed,” she furthered.

Similarly, veteran octogenarian politician, Dr. Sama Banya (Puawui) who was also on the same programme, also charged the APC of making the youths more idle and meaningless in society because of government’s misplaced policy on the issues of youths. He said during the 2007 election campaign in 2007, the APC made frivolous promises to the youths regarding their development which according to him are not visible.


“I am not interested in what the APC has for the youths in the next twenty-four months, rather it is what they have done for them in their much talked about three years in governance,” Dr. Banya pointed out in his usual eloquent style. 

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